Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
HEERF l Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES)
HEERF ll Coronavirus Response and Relif Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)
HEERF lll American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP)
Dear Saint Martin's students, faculty, staff and abbey members,
We wanted to provide an update on our continued efforts to help our students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we shared at our community updates, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) provided nearly $2.5 million to Saint Martin's University in higher education emergency relief. By law, half of the funds received by institutions must be distributed directly to students in the form of grants to cover expenses related to unexpected financial needs due to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that our students received approximately $1.26 million in CARES and CRRSAA funding.
We disbursed grants to students under the CARES program during the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year for a total of $626,099 to 406 students. An equal amount of CARES funding went towards operational costs incurred by the university during this time. The university received an equal amount of funding under the CRRSAA program during the spring semester of the 2021 academic year along with a small grant addition for students of $7,791. This resulted in disbursements to our students totaling $633,890 to 681 students for spring semester 2021. To date, 1,089 students have received $1,259,989 in combined funding from these programs and the university has received an amount nearly equal to this for operational costs.
While the CARES funding required students to apply directly for funds covering expenses related to the COVID-19 campus disruption. The CRRSAA program allowed students to apply the funds directly to their billed cost of attendance expenses or to receive the funds directly as a refund. The Department of Education changes the rules requiring students to be FAFSA eligible for all HEERF funding in May of 2021. At this time, any student is eligible to receive funding through the HEERF programs. Saint Martin's University will notify all students of funding availability for HEERF lll, American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funding during the fall semester of the 2122 academic year. A statement regarding HEERF III ARP funding was sent to all students on June 23, 2021.
If you or any student you know has questions regarding any of the HEERF grant programs, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.